Unbalanced cables (like guitar cables, speaker cables, etc) are two conductor cables and are okay for short runs... Balanced cables (like XLR, TRS cables) are 3 conductor cables (with shielding) and are better for longer runs. USB and HDMI cables are digital cables and are neither balanced or unbalanced.
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